Pakistan has been ravaged by
many problems and we have all been hearing it over and over again. How Pakistan
has become the hub of terrorism, our unacceptable behavior towards females, and
extremism grasping our mindset and many such news revolving in our surroundings.
You have all been hearing it on news channels and journals and social media
where politicians and other governmental institutions have left no stone
unturned in brining bad reputation to our country. Critics and commentators are
repeating the same stuff consistently with slight changes depending on the
scenarios, trying to create a picture of impending dangers awaiting to destroy
the lives of our beloved citizens. So why is it that we are still unable to
improve after 72 years?
I keep waiting for someone to highlight the very fundamental cause to all these
problems. Yes, the cause. Terrorism, extremism and feudalism are the symptoms of
a problem that are causing damage to our country’s social environment slowly and
steadily. To find out the root cause, we need to dig deep down to the ground
level supporting the growth of these problems over the years. According to my
views, the most of the problems are happening due to ignorance and
unacceptability of impact caused by their actions.
When you take a bird’s eye view over the whole scenario, you can easily trace
all social problems emerging from this basic problem of escaping from reality
instead of facing it. The best solution is to spread the light of knowledge. If
a terrorist attack takes place, hundreds of people lives are destroyed leaving
the after-effects of it to remain for generations. A loss of precious human
being life worth is nothing. Most of the crimes are committed by an ignorant
person who has evil intentions towards the peaceful lives of other citizens.
Only a truthful and wise person becoming a source of enlightenment can guide
them well to the right path of living.
You will probably ask that there are many educated bankers, lawyers and
executives who are involved in all sorts of wrongdoings and frauds. It clearly
defines that there is a thin line of difference between illiterate and
uneducated person. If you are not embedded with a sense of moral justice and
ethical behavior then education degree is of no use because the implications of
an education are not shaping up the real personality of that person eligible of
following ethical values and code of conduct properly. Most of the people think
that school is the hub of knowledge which will let a child to remain under
circumstances and take fair decisions of life. However, schools curriculum
confined to course outline might not include the teachings of ethical values
where parents have to ensure that their child is being groomed well, unlikely
togo towards a direction whose costs is unaffordable for our country.
I believe that lack of education would take care of most of our problems,
provided if a fair and just system is implemented correctly. If people of
Pakistan want to remain secure from dreadful attacks, criminal acts and such
incidents disturbing the norms of our society. It might sound simple but it is a
prolonged process of execution.
We keep studying the same subjects, same topics repeatedly. And its not even the
syllabus itself which is outdated but it is also the teaching standard too. New
ideas are being suppressed, creativity is being killed and we are all expected
to become an army of corporate hungry slaves trained to follow orders blindly.
Teachers feel threatened when asked a question they are unable to answer or when
their views are challenged. We all know how rote memorization is resisting the
growing trend of conceptual learning quite effectively. Why?? Because we want an
easy way out right? Why spend hours actually learning when you can just bypass
the tediousness and get grades? WRONG. That is exactly what is wrong with our
mentality. Our youth is used to be handed things on a silver platter. Our whole
educational system is centered on marks and scores and grades isn’t it? That is
one of the obvious reasons why people actually opt for cheating instead of
actually studying. Parents reward us for scoring well, not for actual learning.
The pressure to beat out the competition is so high, is it any wonder students
are committing suicides over test marks in order to avoid telling their parents.
And parents have their own traditionalist mindset of either doctors or
You can see the glaring difference within cities themselves, not counting the
villages and rural areas. People with half baked knowledge tend to show they are
experts in whatever fields they claim expertise to. While in fact, they actually
participate in the degeneration of human intellect and growth of our country.
They need to be held responsible for this widespread and criminal negligence.
The degradation of the education system overall is one of the most alarming
problems in Pakistan because all the other problems branch out from it.